Farfugium
Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' (Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' (Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 6b-10 20" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
(syn: Ligularia tussilaginea 'Aureomaculata') I grew up knowing leopard plant as a house plant before finally discovering its amazing winter hardiness. The round, bold, shiny green, 8-10" wide leaves are spotted with yellow dots, as though it were a leopard skin; hence, the name. This consummate conversation piece grows well in sites that can be kept slightly moist, but well drained...poor drainage kills. That being said, it wilts when dry but is amazingly drought-tolerant. The 24" wide clumps are topped with numerous 30" stalks of spectacular yellow daisies in October and November. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00850
$16.00  


Farfugium japonicum 'Bad Hair Day' (Bad Hair Day Crested Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Bad Hair Day' (Bad Hair Day Crested Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 7-10, at least 12" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Ligularia tussilaginea 'Tsuwabaki') We formerly offered this as Farfugium 'Tsuwabaki', which turned out to be a common name for farfugiums, so we gave it the cultivar name Farfugium 'Bad Hair Day'. Farfugium 'Bad Hair Day' is somewhat similar to Farfugium 'Crispata' except the cresting is much more angular than the curvy cresting seen in Farfugium 'Crispata'. The foliage effect is that of a really bad hair day...quite remarkable for a non-artificial plant. In fall, the 18" wide clumps are topped with spikes of single yellow flowers. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03866
$16.00  


Farfugium japonicum 'Escargot' (Escargot Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Escargot' (Escargot Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 20" tall Origin: Asia
NEW! This large-growing hybrid of F. japonicum 'Giganteum' and F. japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' was discovered by Gary Hammer and came to us via California plantsman, Lance Reiners. The 8" x 10" large green leaves form a large 20" tall x 3' wide clump topped, starting in late October, with 3' tall spikes of bright yellow daisies. This selection has some of the largest foliage of any farfugium we grow, while also possessing unique overlapping leaf lobes which resemble the spirals of a snail...quite interesting! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08961
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Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum' (Giant Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum' (Giant Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 8-10 20" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
(aka: Ligularia tussilaginea 'Gigantea', Farfugium reniforme) Tropicalissimo at its finest! This is one of those rare treasures for plant geeks who may offer their first-born in exchange. Thanks to Marco Stufano of Wave Hill for sharing with us so we can finally make this gem available. Essentially, F. 'Gigantea' is similar to the species, except for the giant size of each leaf...nearly 15" across and so thick and glossy that it doesn't seem real. Each attention-drawing, 30" wide clump is topped in fall with stalks of bright yellow daisies, but grow this one for its leaves. It prefers a slightly moist but well-drained site in the woodland garden. A great centerpiece for a dynamic container planting in colder regions! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02743
$16.00  


Farfugium japonicum 'Kagami Jishi' (Kagami Jishi Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Kagami Jishi' (Kagami Jishi Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-10 20" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
(syn: Ligularia tussilaginea 'Kagami Jishi') We are pleased to present another in the long line of fantastic Japanese cultivars of leopard plant. F. 'Kagami Jishi' has the same yellow-spotted leaves of F. 'Aureomaculata' but with the added leaf-cresting found in F. 'Crispata'. This stunning specimen plant is topped in October with 2' tall sprays of large, yellow, daisy-like flowers. F. 'Kagami Jishi' performs best in moist, rich soils with good drainage as well as making a superb container house plant. It does not like to grow in damp, boggy conditions. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04139
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Farfugium japonicum 'Kaimon Dake' (Kaimon Dake Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Kaimon Dake' (Kaimon Dake Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-10, at least 12" tall Origin: Japan
This unusual Japanese selection of leopard plant could easily have been named snow leopard. F. 'Kaimon Dake' emerges with large white leaves, each highlighted with a random pattern of central dark green specks...sort of like a cheap flat screen television after the warranty expires. The aging foliage eventually turns solid green which gives the clump a surprising amount of vigor. Each 1' tall x 2' wide clump is topped by 2' tall stalks of yellow daisies in fall...a superb specimen plant we can offer thanks to our friend Barry Yinger. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07957
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Farfugium japonicum 'Shishi Botan' (Parsley Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Shishi Botan' (Parsley Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 7-10, at least 12" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
Open House/Web-Only! I was amazed when I first saw this bizarre farfugium at Barry Yinger's garden. Farfugium 'Shishi Botan' has grey-green fuzzy leaves that look as though they have been run through a meat grinder, leaving them with an open, three-dimensional look. This is certainly one of the most unique leopard plants that I've ever seen, and one that will leave visitors asking...WHATIZIT? The 18" wide clumps are topped in October with stalks of bright yellow daisies. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07820
$18.00  


Farfugium japonicum 'Yaezaki' (Double-Flowered Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum 'Yaezaki' (Double-Flowered Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-10 15" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
(syn: Ligularia tussilaginea 'Jitsuko's Star') This selection of the green leopard plant makes a fabulous, bold-textured perennial for the light shade garden, where it contrasts beautifully with ferns and other fine-textured plants. Starting in mid-October, the 15" tall x 20" wide clump of 6" round, tropical-looking green foliage is topped with 3' tall flower spikes of magnificent, double-yellow (Yaezaki means "double flower"), daisy-like flowers...the earliest of the farfugium selections to flower for us. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05245
$16.00  


Farfugium 'Last Dance' PPAF (Last Dance Leopard Plant)

Farfugium 'Last Dance' PPAF (Last Dance Leopard Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 24" tall Origin: Hybrid
NEW! Farfugium 'Last Dance' is the first commercialized hybrid of two Japanese species, Farfugium japonicum and F. hiberniflorum. The offspring occurred thanks to a rainy night in Georgia...right there outside the bedroom window of Georgia plantsman Ozzie Johnson...he assures me he didn't watch. The glossy green foliage has more angular lobes than most of the F. japonicum cultivars. The 1' tall x 3' wide clumps are topped with a lovely floral display of bright yellow daisies atop 2' stalks starting in late October and continuing through November. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08827
$14.00  


Fargesia
Fargesia denudata (Naked Clumping Bamboo)

Fargesia denudata (Naked Clumping Bamboo)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6b-9a, possibly hardier 96" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! Fargesia denudata is one of the little-known bamboo species that has done exceptionally well in our heat-tolerant bamboo trials. This deer-resistant clumping species which hails from 6,000'-10,000' in the northern Sichuan and southern Gansu provinces of China has made an 8' tall clump of strongly arching canes in 5 years. Fargesia denudata is also a favorite edible species for giant pandas, so if you live in a jungle-like neighborhood, we recommend our proprietary panda-proof fence for the bargain price of $2,200 per linear foot. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08386
$28.00  


Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' (Red Fountain Clumping Bamboo)

Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' (Red Fountain Clumping Bamboo)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-7 120" tall Origin: China
NEW! This new generation selection of the popular clumping Fargesia nitida hails from the World Heritage Preserve of Jiuzhaigou in China's horticulturally rich Sichuan Province. F. 'Jiuzhaigou' (pronounced Zhu Zhi Go) has much better heat tolerance than past selections of F. nitida we've trialed. Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' makes a 10' tall clumper with small narrow green leaves adorning the green canes which turn a beautiful cinnamon red in their second season....brighter in better light. As the deer-resistant clumps age, the older canes eventually turn to yellow. This is a stunning new bamboo that we are thrilled to make available. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06564
$30.00  


Fargesia robusta 'Green Screen' (Green Screen Clumping Bamboo)

Fargesia robusta 'Green Screen' (Green Screen Clumping Bamboo)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6b-8, at least 96" tall Origin: China
This selection of the heat tolerant, clumping F. robusta is much shorter than other selections of the species we grow, forming a 6' tall x 2' wide deer-resistant clump in four years. The upright, arching stems spread out to 9' wide, forming a superbly elegant specimen clump, or if you can afford enough...a great green screen. We have seen conflicting reports of winter hardiness from 0 degrees to -15 degrees F. We can attest to the 0 degrees F, but will err on the side of caution until we hear back from those of you in the arctic zones. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06634
$30.00  


Fargesia rufa (Rufa Clumping Bamboo)

Fargesia rufa (Rufa Clumping Bamboo)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-8a, at least 72" tall Origin: China
Fargesia rufa is a recently-introduced species from the mountains of Western Sichuan, China. Fargesia rufa is a pachymorph, which means it couldn't run even if it was being chased down the mountain by a pack of starving pandas. This short, deer-resistant clumper makes an elegant, 6' tall upright fountain, although our 4-year-old clump is only 3.5' tall x 2' wide, with stems arching outwards to 8'. In addition to the wonderful form, the culm sheaths are reddish-brown. In initial tests, Fargesia rufa looks to be quite tolerant to both heat and cold. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06563
$30.00  


xFatshedera
xFatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star' (Angyo Star Tree Ivy)

xFatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star' (Angyo Star Tree Ivy)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10 60" tall Origin: Hybrid
This superb form of the man-made bigeneric hybrid (fatsia x hedera) was selected in Japan and brought to the US by plantsman Ted Stephens, who named it after the town which contains many famous Japanese nurseries. The thick, sweet gum-shaped leaves of rich green are surrounded by a wide creamy white border and held along the semi-upright free-form (nursery lingo for not straight) growing stems. This is a fairly slow growing, but exquisitely beautiful selection. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07230
$20.00  


Fatsia
Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese Aralia)

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (Speckled Japanese Aralia)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 7b-10 60" tall Origin: Japan
This Japanese selection of the popular, deep shade-loving southern landscape shrub, Fatsia japonica, is prized by the few folks who have had the rare opportunity to own one. The shiny green palmate leaves, like a super-sized schefflera, are each bordered with a heavy white speckling that often finds its way into the center of the leaf. It takes about 3 years for it to show the wonderful mature characteristics, so be patient. For those who garden in the arctic zones north of Zone 7, these make superb houseplants. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05141
$20.00  


Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' (Variegated Japanese Aralia)

Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' (Variegated Japanese Aralia)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10 84" tall Origin: Japan
After 15 years of fruitless searching, the late JC Raulston managed to locate Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' on a trip to the UK. After JC shared a rooted cutting with us, I dared to plant my new-found treasure outdoors for hardiness testing. Surprisingly, it proved to be much more hardy than the common green form. The 7' tall x 7' wide (10 years) clump is composed of upright woody stems topped with large, tropical-looking, evergreen leaves edged with an uneven white border. In the garden, Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' makes a stunning, bold textural centerpiece for year-round interest. In late October/early November, the clumps are topped by fascinating floral sprays of white flowers. From Zone 7a and north...what a nice houseplant! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05618
$20.00  


Ferula
Ferula communis ssp. glauca (Giant Black-leaf Fennel)

Ferula communis ssp. glauca (Giant Black-leaf Fennel)

SunZone: 7-9, possibly colder 108" tall Origin: Mediterranean Europe
Open House/Web-Only! This Mediterranean native makes a big, bodacious statement in the garden, first with its silvery-black, lacy, see-through foliage, then in the second season, the foliage extends upward to 6' tall, topped by a 3' branched firework-like inflorescence of yellow flower balls. The plant dies after going to seed, so either administer a horticultural late-term abortion or you're going to have to tend to the babies without their momma. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08618
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Ficus
Ficus gasparriniana var. laceratifolia (Christmas Fig)

Ficus gasparriniana var. laceratifolia (Christmas Fig)

SunZone: 7b-10 72" tall Origin: China
NEW! For those that like their plants a little on the quirky side, you've got to try this fascinating hardy fig...at least in Zone 7b. Ficus gasparriniana v. laceratifolia hails from 1500' to 6000' elevation from India south to Thailand. Our plants are from a Linda Guy collection in Sichuan, China. The small upright shrub reaches 6' tall in 4 years, adorned with dark green, oak-shaped scabrous (sandpapery) leaves which are evergreen in tropical climates. The small snow pea-sized axillary fruit begins to form in June and turns red in July, continuing to be produced until Christmas. I can see a cottage industry, growing these in containers to decorate for the holidays. Is the fruit edible? Plantsman Pat McCracken says yes, but only if you are on a serious diet. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08999
$12.00  


Filipendula
Filipendula glaberrima (Nakai Korean Meadowsweet)

Filipendula glaberrima (Nakai Korean Meadowsweet)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-8, at least 36" tall Origin: Korea
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Filipendula glaberrima A1K-040) I first discovered this little-known but very attractive meadowsweet at the base of a waterfall at 1,000' elevation near Korea's Mt. Sorak. It has proven to be a superb garden plant whose deciduous clumps are composed of grape-like leaves which serve as a foil for the 3' tall flowering stalks in late May (NC). The flowering stalks are composed of corymbs of tiny white flowers...a superb textural plant. Moist soils are best, but Filipendula glaberrima is very tolerant of drought. Filipendula glaberrima is also used as a powerful antioxidant to control aging....our clump looks only half of its 12 years. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07760
$14.00  


Freesia
Freesia alba (White Freesia)

Freesia alba (White Freesia)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 8-10, at least 8" tall Origin: S. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! I had nearly given up on growing freesias in our climate, when Texan plantsman Tom Peace suggested that I try Freesia alba. To my surprise, it has become a favorite early spring bulb. Freesia alba comes from the winter-rainfall region of South Africa, where it can be found in moist lightly shaded sites. For us, Freesia alba begins to grow in fall and is topped from late March through late April with short 2" stalks of very fragrant white flowers held above the 6" iris-like foliage. After flowering, the plants go dormant until the following winter. Plant these near a frequently traveled path for maximum pleasure. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07757
$12.00  


Fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Sanicomf' PP 10,453 (Angels' Earrings Dainty Fuchsia)

Fuchsia 'Sanicomf' PP 10,453 (Angels' Earrings Dainty Fuchsia)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-8, at least 24" tall Origin: Hybrid    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! I love the word "heat-tolerant" in the description of a fuchsia. In catalog-speak, this means the plant will tolerate more than one day above 90 degrees F before croaking. Imagine my surprise when our test plants of Fuchsia 'Sanicomf' thrived through one of the hottest summers in recent memory! Fuchsia 'Sanicomf' comes from the Suntory breeding program in Japan, where the actual intent was to produce true heat-tolerant fuchsias. This dwarf plant makes a 2' tall x 15" wide mound, adorned from May through October with pendent flowers with purple petals, red sepals, and red anthers...very hot and loving it! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07451
$12.00  


Fuchsia 'Sanihanf' PP 10,378 (Angels' Earrings Cascading Fuchsia)

Fuchsia 'Sanihanf' PP 10,378 (Angels' Earrings Cascading Fuchsia)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-8 30" tall Origin: Hybrid
F. 'Sanihanf' is another of the truly heat-tolerant fuchsias from the Suntory breeding program. This large spreading cultivar makes a 30" tall x 3' wide flowering machine. The stems are adorned with pendent flowers consisting of purple petals, contrasting with red anthers and red sepals. F. 'Sanihanf' makes a superb hanging basket where it isn't winter hardy. Thanks to the folks at Japan's Suntory for a moronic name for such a great plant. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07450
$12.00  


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